(May 13, 2016) – Friday the 13th proved unlucky for the Breakers as the visitors dropped a 1-0 decision to hosts Sky Blue FC on a first-half own goal.
The Breakers outshot Sky Blue FC, 13-9 (5-4 on target), and some quality shots came early. Stephanie McCaffrey ripped one from the top of the box, forcing Sky Blue FC keeper Caroline Stanley to make a save in the 18th minute.
Two minutes later, Mollie Pathman sent a great cross to the far post, intended for Kyah Simon, but Stanley came out and cut off Pathman’s cross. In the 29th minute, Louise Schillgard put one on goal, this time from just inside the top corner of the box, but again, Stanley was there to make the save.
Down the other end of the field, Breakers keeper Libby Stout was tested twice in a seven-minute span and she came up big both times. The first, in the 30th minute, was a one-on-one situation with Tasha Kai, and in the 37th minute, Stout stopped a shot by Kelley O’Hara.
In the 41st minute, Sky Blue FC got on the board when a ball sent in by O’Hara was deflected into Boston’s goal by defender Kassey Kallman, giving Sky Blue a 1-0 advantage.
In the second half, the Breakers came close a handful of times, beginning in the 47th minute when McCaffrey’s shot from close range was snagged by Stanley. In the 56th minute, Simon went inches over the bar after smashing a shot just outside the 18. Katie Schoepfer, who came off the bench in the 60th minute for Schillgard, had three good looks on goal, but the first was deflected wide for a corner (70th minute), the second was stopped by Stanley (77th), and the third went just wide (82nd).
The Breakers return home on Sunday, May 22 (6:30 p.m. ET) to face back-to-back NWSL champions, FC Kansas City. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Tonight, Katie Schoepfer made her 90th professional appearance, 85th in a Breakers uniform. She is second all-time in franchise history to Kristine Lilly (102) … With her five saves, keeper Libby Stout moved into first place in the NWSL in saves with 17 on the season … Defender Julie King made her 75th appearance for the Breakers, pulling to within one of tying Angela Hucles for fourth all-time in franchise history.
Match: Boston Breakers at Sky Blue FC
Date: May 13, 2016
Venue: Yurcak Field, Piscataway, N.J.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, cloudy
BOS: Libby Stout, Julie King (Christen Westphal, 68), Kassey Kallman, Whitney Engen (C), Mollie Pathman, McCall Zerboni (Stephanie Verdoia, 83), Angela Salem, Kristie Mewis, Louise Schillgard (Katie Schoepfer, 60), Stephanie McCaffrey, Kyah Simon
Subs not used: Jami Kranich, Brooke Elby, Brittany Ratcliffe, Rachel Wood
NJ: Caroline Stanley, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone (C), Erica Skroski, Erin Simon, Kelly Conheeney (Nikki Stanton, 73), Sarah Killion, Maya Hayes (Shawna Gordon, 78), Taylor Lytle, Racquel Rodriguez (Kristin Grubka, 83), Tasha Kai
Subs not used: Erin Nayler, Ashley Nick, Kim DeCesare, CoCo Goodson
GOALS 1 2 F
Boston (0-5-0) 0 0 0
Sky Blue FC (2-2-1) 1 0 1
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1 41 SBFC Own goal (Kassey Kallman)
SHOTS ON GOAL
SBFC: Tasha Kai (caution, 60’)
SBFC: Nikki Stanton (caution, 75’)
Referee: Guido Gonzales, Jr.
Assistant Referees: Cory Richardson, Artur Sibiga
Fourth Official: Victor Vazquez